Deck the halls — December is here and aglow with excitement! Amid the holiday sparkle, these 11 milestone achievers dazzle. Below you’ll find fun, innovative resources to carry you through the holidays and well beyond. Please give three big cheers for this inspiring class of Teacher-Authors!

Meet 11 Dazzling December Milestone Achievers

1. It’s Halle from Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

Try her: Reading Comprehension Passages {Winter Themed & Common Core}

Her tip: “Using text-based evidence to answer comprehension questions is vital in elementary classrooms. These seasonal passages make it fun for students to practice this important skill!”


2. Awesome in Alabama — it’s Kelly Benefield

Try her: Border Hoarders Club: January

Her tip: “I have a new passion for creating borders and doodles. To celebrate my TpT milestone, I’m very excited to introduce my new Border Hoarders Club. With this fun set, you’ll receive weekly surprises of seasonal and year-round borders and more! These are just perfect for adding something special to your worksheets, teaching packets, or to any of your creations.”


3. Magnificent work, Mrs. S in Michigan — Best Teacher Resources

Try her: Tic Tac Toe PowerPoint Template – Create Your Own Review Game

Her tip: “This easy-to-use PowerPoint template plays just like the popular game, Tic Tac Toe! It’s a great way to review before big tests and is a fun alternative to Jeopardy!”


4. Congratulations, Caryn Loves Math from Kansas

Try her: Algebra Word Wall, Walls that Teach, 100+ Concepts

Her tip: “Walls That Teach are a great way to help visual learners.”


5. From Tucson AZ, it’s Jenny Knappenberger — she’s Art with Jenny K 

Try her: Christmas Math

Her tip: “I am dedicated to making art integration easy for classroom teachers and art teachers alike. I create products that set teachers up for success and require little to no preparation or art background. As one teacher recently said, ‘Thanks for making me look so cool to my kids!’ Try my Pop Art Christmas Math coloring sheets to see how easy art integration can be for teachers and how much fun it is for kids!”


6. Excellent job, Erin Dowling

Try her: Common Core English Language Arts: “I Can” Statements for First Grade

Her tip: “These kid-friendly 1st grade ‘I Can’ statements are perfect to help introduce and teach the Common Core English Language Arts Standards in a meaningful way. Laminate and add velcro or magnets to the back, and post them in all different ways and places.”



7. Just terrific, Teacher at Heart

Try her: {Editable} Monthly Calendars 2014-2015

Her tip: “You can save the calendars you typed on as individual PDFs or images to upload on your classroom website or attach to a parent email newsletter!”


8. Aloha, Hawaii’s Jennifer Fixman-Kramer — she runs Jenny’s Class and Edutunes

Try her: Common Core 1st Grade Math: 38 Downloadable Songs + Book – Covers ALL STANDARDS!

Her tip: “Teach ALL 1st grade Common Core Math Standards with 38 catchy ‘Edu-Tunes.’ PreK through 3rd grade teachers, please visit Jenny’s Class and Edutunes for more educational music, holiday-themed products, and standards-based practice pages — all 20% off right now to celebrate my TpT milestone. ENJOY!”


9. Sensational, Shawna Devoe – The Picture Book Teacher’s Edition

Try her: Reading Skills and Strategies inspired by Tacky the Penguin

Her tip: “If you want your read-aloud of Tacky The Penguin by Helen Lester to be more meaningful, this Common Core-aligned book companion packet is just what you need. There are 18 different differentiated skill and strategy pages to choose from depending on what you’re working on at the time or what your kids need practice with.”


10. Welcome Jen from Illinois — Cupcakes n Curriculum

Try her: Graphic Organizers {ALL 3rd Grade Common Core Literature Standards}

Her tip: “These graphic organizers really come in handy in my 3rd grade classroom! The full- and half-page options are a great way to assess how my students are applying the Common Core Standards for Literature as they read in guided reading groups or in their ‘read to self’ time. I hope other teachers find these just as useful!”


11. Nicely done, Linda Ewonce from Pennsylvania

Try her: Context Clues – Developing Word Meaning with Context Clues

Her tip: “Give your students the skills and confidence to unlock the meaning of unfamiliar words with this Common Core Standards-based lesson on developing word meaning with the five types of context clues. Students will enjoy the culminating activity — Crazy Make-Believe Words — while demonstrating mastery of this vocabulary skill.”


December is off to a dazzling start! Need to get ready for a classroom observation? Try some of these tips and tricks from our seasoned Teacher-Authors: Have a Successful, Less Stressful Classroom Observation.